Fiona Shaw, the four-time Olivier Award winning actress, will star in the title role of the world premiere of Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary. The one woman show focuses on the mother of Christ in the days after his crucifixion but with a decidedly different account than the traditional biblical narrative. In Toibin’s novella—which serves as the play’s basis—Mary questions her son’s divinity and the fanatical belief of his followers.
Shaw is best known outside of the theatre industry for her appearances in the Harry Potter film series and in the HBO show, True Blood.
Although director Deborah Warner and Fiona Shaw have worked on a laundry list of projects together—including Madea in 2002—this will be their first collaboration in the United States. Madea also marked Warner’s most recent Broadway effort.
Toibin—a noted Irish novelist—wrote the monologue for the Dublin Theater Festival in 2011 and then turned it into a widely acclaimed novella which was released last November. Toibin, Shaw, and Warner are working together to create a new play, expected to run 90 minutes, and different than the original piece presented in Dublin two years ago.
Performances are set to begin on March 26 with an official opening on April 22 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
Ticket sales will be announced at a later date.
The Testament of Mary takes place after the Crucifixion. Mary (Fiona Shaw), the mother of Jesus, is in the city of Ephesus where she is both guarded and protected. As two of her son's followers set about giving shape to Jesus’ story, Mary tells her own story - the one which has not been heard.